Honda Cars: Auto Expo 2014 Coverage


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Honda Cars Auto Expo 2014

> Hall Number: 9

> You’ll Love: Futuristic and well-managed pavilion

> You’ll Loathe: They could have showcased Mobilio within public reach for more attention.

> Show Stoppers: Honda XS-1 Concept, Honda NSX Concept

> Also Don't Miss: Honda Accord Hybrid, New Honda Jazz, Honda Mobilio



Honda Brio, Amaze, City and CR-V are only cars open for public view from inside

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How can City be left behind when it comes to Honda?

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Honda's future technology showcase

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Honda Accord Hybrid

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Honda NSX Concept

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Honda XS-1 Concept

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Press release on Honda Cars at Auto Expo 2014:
Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India today unveiled its Mid-size Stylish MPV Honda Mobilio and the all-new, 3rd generation Honda Jazz at the 12th Auto Expo in presence of Mr Takanobu Ito, President and CEO Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Japan. The India premiere of Mobilio and Jazz at the Auto Expo is significant as both the cars will be launched in the Indian market during 2014-15.

Honda Mobilio is the new Mid-size Stylish MPV developed by Honda exclusively for the Asian markets after comprehensive research and customer feedback. The Mobilio features sporty styling and a spacious cabin, which can seat seven occupants in three-row configuration. Honda Mobilio marks an evolution in the MPV segment by offering a unique combination of Sporty Exterior styling along with Space, Comfort & Utility in just the right size to suit the needs of the modern Indian Family. The Mobilio, with its strong desirable values, is set to create a new segment in the Indian market and will appeal not only to MPV segment customers but also to families which have traditionally opted for a sedan or an SUV.

Showcased in the Indian market for the first time, the all new 3rd generation Honda Jazz will revolutionize the premium hatchback segment in India. The all-new Jazz builds on the original model’s innovative packaging, flexible cargo capability and fun-to-drive character with spirited new styling, an even more spacious & refined interior to give a whole new level of comfort, styling and performance.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Takanobu Ito, President and CEO, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Japan said, "India is one of the most important markets for global Honda. We have set a challenging sales target of reaching 300,000 units annually by FY’17 in India and we are committed to support this expansion of Honda business by introducing new products and technologies that fit the needs of our Indian customers."

Mr Hironori Kanayama, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd, said, “2013-14 has been a great year for Honda in India in terms of growth, expansion and performance. With excellent response to the all-new City and two big launches planned during 2014-15, we expect the momentum to continue. To be geared up for our future growth, we will expand our dealership network by over 35% to 230 facilities in 150 cities by the end of March 2015.”

Honda will bring alive the theme of its booth “Step into the Future” through an attractive range of displays with cutting edge futuristic and environment friendly technologies. As a World Premiere, Honda today unveiled the Honda Vision XS-1, which is a creative study model of a new crossover utility vehicle. Based on Honda’s original MM (Man Maximum, Machine Minimum) philosophy, Honda Vision XS-1 fuses together two different values of sporty exterior styling and amazing spaciousness, in a compact body. Honda Vision XS-1 is the proposal for next generation vehicle featuring 3-row seating arrangement for 7-passengers and sliding doors with large opening in a compact cross-over utility vehicle body.

The exhibition model NSX Concept is the next-generation super sports car delivering a new dimension of driving pleasure. From the powertrain to chassis to cockpit, the NSX Concept is human-centred in every aspect of its design. While delivering outstanding environmental performance and fuel economy, the NSX Concept offers an entirely new dimension of control, in which driver and machine become as one. The key technology is Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive), which features a midship-mounted direct injection V6 engine, a dual clutch transmission with an internal high-efficiency motor, and an electric motor for each front wheel. Leveraging this advanced system, the NSX Concept brings in a new era for the super sports car. The exterior design is clean, simple and modern, and the low, wide, powerful and flowing styling emphasizes the exceptional performance of the vehicle. Designed to be a human support cockpit, the interior offers the driver a wide field of view, an exotic driving position and a highly intuitive interface. In this environment, the driver can focus completely on the driving experience.

The other exhibition model Accord Hybrid features the Sport Hybrid i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive), a revolutionary Honda developed powertrain. This advanced hybrid system belongs to the Earth Dreams Technology series of next - generation powertrain technologies, which combine enjoyable driving with outstanding fuel economy. The Sport Hybrid i-MMD uses three different engine modes to power the Accord Hybrid. For off-the-line starts and low-to-mid speed cruising, EV Drive uses the battery to provide the power and drive motor to propel the vehicle. For acceleration, the Hybrid Drive uses the gasoline engine to generate electricity and drive motor to propel the vehicle. Finally, for high speed cruising, Engine Drive uses the gasoline engine to provide power directly. By switching automatically among these three modes, Sport Hybrid i-MMD is able to deliver ultra high fuel economy and a powerful but smooth driving experience.

HCIL also displayed their current production models including the newly launched 4th Generation all-new City, the very successful entry sedan Honda Amaze , hatchback Honda Brio and premium SUV Honda CR-V at the Auto Expo.
 
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What are those awards for in the last photo of post#3 ?

Any idea if (and when) the accord hybrid will launch in India?

Managed to get any news if Civic will be continued ? Or will City play the lone premium sedan role ?
 
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Honda is good this year with striking concepts NSX and XS-1. The new Jazz looks good, but a bit bulged at the rear. The Mobilio is too much fussy and immature in design. The interiors are too basic to look at; even though the space and flexibility is expected to be good.
 
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Nice coverage 350Z. Honda's new concept cars look absolutely stunning. Specially the NSX, has got an Audi R8 bullish looking front. Not so impressed with the designs of the cars which will be launched here.

Jazz looks like a little too MUVish now and has an awkward bulkiness in the rear 3/4th of the profile, previous gen looked much better IMO. It used to be simple and classy earlier.

Honda Mobilio as commented by other members, looks like a very immature attempt to get into the fast moving MUV/MPV segment. The rear design of the Mobilio is impressive, but the rest all seems out of place. The Brio front just does not go for an MUV of this size and the side profile is funny to even look at. Might be a very practical choice when its launched at a competitive price, but I don't know why manufacturers like Honda, Hyundai with the launch of Xcent are looking for so much of commercial success that they are ready to sacrifice on their design language and brand identity. A thumbs down for Honda from my side.
 
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Jazz looks like a little too MUVish now and has an awkward bulkiness in the rear 3/4th of the profile, previous gen looked much better IMO. It used to be simple and classy earlier.

Honda Mobilio as commented by other members, looks like a very immature attempt to get into the fast moving MUV/MPV segment. The rear design of the Mobilio is impressive, but the rest all seems out of place. The Brio front just does not go for an MUV of this size and the side profile is funny to even look at. Might be a very practical choice when its launched at a competitive price, but I don't know why manufacturers like Honda, Hyundai with the launch of Xcent are looking for so much of Mobilio that they are ready to sacrifice on their design language and brand identity. A thumbs down for Honda from my side.

Mobilio's side profile is inspired from Odyssey (Sliding door design), you can find many similarities between two. I agree with you in terms of dash design, It doesn't suits the Amaze also and now for the Mobilio also. I appreciate Maruti's work here (Swift & Dezier).
And really it seems that they are ready to sacrifice on their brand identity. [cry]
 
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Wonderful coverage 350Z. Love the concepts from Honda and Accord Hybrid. How soon they will come up with Accord in India. [:)]
 
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Same question as many others in this forum. Any idea on the Jazz release dates? I am really keen on buying one, but don't think I'll wait till 2015 :(
On Jazz - Looks stunning from outside but interiors kinda disappoint. Just like City, asymmetric interiors, weird placement of AC vents and Engine start / stop button. Absence of ACC and steering mount control is stunning to say the least. The Alloys were also not very impressive. If they plan to compete with i20, I don't think they can survive with such basic feature list. :(
Seriously hope the version showcased here was not the Top-end model and Honda packages the Top-end with more features as well.
 
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Thanks Vibhor for the coverage!

Accord looks yummy[clap]
Jazz, excellent design till you reached the tail, The rear looks more of a basic hatch. [frustration] Jazz is a mixed creature, has sedan, hatch and muv in it. Should be a great comeback when priced right!
Mobilio will be a smash hit product IMO. Looking at the quality of interior and dash, it will be priced very competitively wrt Ertiga. And if that is the case Mobilia has better chances to take the first row. But yes they could have improved the design bit more SUVish [evil], Indians are busy buying SUV these days!
 
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